More facts regarding the fatal Tesla autopilot accident in Mountain View are surfacing, giving the public better insight into what happened in the vehicle prior to the accident. For those not familiar with the highway accident, on March 23rd, a man was killed when his tesla in autopilot drove into a previously damaged highway barrier. One of the most important revelations from this investigation was the tesla’s acceleration into the object. While the cruise control speed had been set at 75 miles per hour, the auto-piloted vehicle had been following another vehicle at 65 miles per hour before it accelerated to 71 miles per hour into the barrier.
If Tesla wishes to continue testing and developing their autopilot feature, they may need to offer some clarification regarding the use of their autopilot. While they like to tout the advances their autopilot has made towards fully autonomous driving, drivers need to know the limitations and risks of using the autopilot system. In the previously referenced accident, the deceased was alerted three times to grasp the steering wheel within 15 minutes of the accident. As more autopilot related accidents come to public attention, Tesla and other auto-manufacturers must ensure their products are safe to use and how consumers should be expected to use them.